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Thursday, December 17, 2020

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Town of Melita

Melita, MB

William Holden


Pledge Summary

Melita is a town located in the southwestern corner of the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is surrounded by the Municipality of Two Borders and occupies a bend of the Souris River. Located along PTH 3 and 83. With a population of ~1,000 residents we are a community working together to help create new habitat for Monarchs and to help them in any way we can. Being a part of the Mayoral Monarch Pledge program is very important to us and we look forward to continue to be a part of it for the years to come!

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Community Spotlight


An Interactive Monarch Release event in Melita

This is a photo of our Interactive Monarch Release Event in Melita Central Park, Summer of 2020. Danial and Natasha Forster from Monarch Homestead hosted the event and brought over 100 tagged Monarchs to be released to start their migration south!


Monarchs on Main Street Project 2020

This photo is taken on Melita's Main-street looking North towards our local grocery store. Melita planted 10 main-street planters with an "Ice Ballet" variant of Swamp Milkweed. Needless to say it was loved by our local Monarchs and people alike!


Mayor and Councillor Releasing Monarchs

Our Mayor Bill Holden and Councillor Eric Forster releasing Monarch Butterflies in front of the Town Office in celebration of our first year taking the Mayoral Monarch Pledge.


First public Monarch Release in Melita 2017

This is a newspaper article of our first Monarch Release event we held in Melita Central Park, we also offered free Milkweed seeds to increase habitat and everyone had a great time!


Early morning Monarch Caterpillar on wild milkweed

Our residents are always snapping pictures and finding Monarchs on Milkweed whether it is locally planted or growing wild, Monarchs are here in abundance!


Monarchs in town Office

Two Monarch Chrysalis' were brought to the town office to help show the support for the Mayoral Monarch Pledge, everyone was anticipating their eclosure as Butterflies very soon!

Action Items Committed for 2021

Communications and Convening

  • Launch or maintain a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods. (If you have community members who speak a language other than English, we encourage you to also communicate in that language; Champion Pledges must communicate in that language.)
  • Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
  • Create a community art project to enhance and promote monarch and pollinator conservation as well as cultural awareness and recognition.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.
  • Initiate or support community science (or citizen science) efforts that help monitor monarch migration and health.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.